"Evening at Place des Vosges"
Title: "Evening at Place des Vosges"
by Jay Koka, © 2020
44”w x 34”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection
Koka: Our annual February trip to participate in the Retromobile Show in Paris with our ArtistAuto colleagues has provided an endless series of locations for new works. It's no secret that historic Paris is a wonderful city, most certainly one of the most beautiful in the world. This has presented many settings for equally historic or "significant" vehicles. My work has become as known for this attention to the setting, mood and background as much as the vehicle featured in the painting. Sometimes internationally recognized sites like the Eiffel Tower in Pres de Champ de Mars and the turning circle in Place de la Concorde are featured in my work.
Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. Initiated by King Henri IV in 1604, it was inaugurated in 1612 as the "Place Royale". Napoleon changed the name to that current in 1800. Many famous Frenchman have called it home including Cardinal Richelieu and Victor Hugo. Hugo lived there 1615 to 1627 and wrote most of "Les Miserables" while there.
The Place des Vosges is located in the historical Marais district in the 3rd arrondissement near the Place de la Bastille.